Definition of special team in US English:

special team


American Football
  • A squad that is used for kickoffs, punts, and other special plays.

    • ‘You may want to work your special teams on containing punt and kickoff returns.’
    • ‘Our defense is solid and we've shored up our special teams.’
    • ‘The special teams play is a tad confusing the first few tries, but with some practice using the Mini-Camp drills help explain things and get you on the right path.’
    • ‘The special teams division really needs work, Dave.’
    • ‘For two great teams, the special teams units are extraordinarily uninteresting aside from the kickers.’